Dryades Public Market Open for Coffee and Sandwiches

The Myrtle Banks Building has been beautifully restored over the past few years, but the road to occupancy has been bumpy.

The inaugural tenant, the Dryades Public Market, is now open on a limited basis Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Coffee, breakfast and lunch sandwiches are now available, with more to follow in the coming months.

The building, which dates to 1910 and originally housed McDonogh 38 School, seemed destined for the wrecking ball just a few years ago after a fire gutted the roof and third floor.

The building’s current name honors New Orleans former McDonogh 38 educator and principal Myrtle Banks, for whom McDonogh 38 was renamed in the 1980s.

The Dryades Public Market features French Truck coffee, pastries, sandwiches and a salad bar right now.

Stop by the market on Oretha Castle Haley in Central City and take a look at the beautifully restored building helping to revitalize the area.